English Premier League, Match Day 9

Another amazing weekend of Premier League football (soccer) gone. If you missed it here is a brief recap. West Ham shocked Manchester City, winning 2-1 to keep them in the top four! Although Liverpool had seventeen shots they were only able to tie Hull City. Stoke City was a bit lucky to only lose to Southampton 1-0. The Saints (Southampton) hit the woodwork multiple times. Alexis Sanchez scored both of Arsenal’s goals in their 2-0 win over a struggling Sunderland side. Crystal Palace couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead and only tied West Brom, 2-2 (the goal that tied the game was a penalty on extra time). Leicester lost again, this time 2-0 to Swansea and are only one point above the relegation zone. Everton cruised to a 3-1 victory against 19th place Burnley with Samuel Eto’o netting a brace. Tottenham were shocked when they went down 2-1 to Alan Pardew’s Newcastle team after leading 1-0 at halftime. Unable to respond, the Spurs lost 2-1 at home! Manchester United were down 1-0 to their bitter rivals Chelsea with only a few minutes until full time. Then when John Terry (One of Chelsea’s many great defenders) was sent off for a bad tackle on Di Maria they had their chance to tie the game. So far Di Maria’s services into the box hadn’t been very good, but this one was beautiful and Marouane Fellaini headed right at the goal. Courtois made a great save, but then Robin van Persie buried the rebound with a cracking shot that shook the goal. Old Trafford erupted with cheers, for the Red Devils (Manchester United) had just salvaged a vital point. What an exciting weekend of Premier League action. Sadly, it has come to an end. The good news is that there will be more next weekend!

Real Madrid triumph in El Clasico

Today two of Spain’s biggest names in football (soccer) competed at the Bernabeu (Real Madrid’s stadium). It was Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in the El Clasico. Real Madrid were off to a shaky start when they let Neymar have a tad too much space and he took full advantage, scoring to give Barca the lead. After that though, Los Blancos (Real Madrid) took control of the game. Real were given a great chance to tie the game in the 35th minute when the ref awarded them a penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up and coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net for his 16th goal in La Liga. Then in the 50th minute Pepe made it two, off a great header right into the bottom corner of the net. Eleven minutes later Karim Benzema put the icing on the cake with another beautiful goal to assure Real the 3-1 win. Now after that crucial win Real sit second in the table, one point behind Barcelona who are in first.

UEFA Champions League, Week 3, Part 2

Here is a brief recap of the UEFA Champions League action that was on Wednesday. Atletico Madrid dominated against Malmo FF and cruised to a 5-0 victory. Although Benfica went a man down in the 76th minute they were still able to draw AS Monaco, 0-0. Arsenal barely won against Anderlecht. They were 1-0 down in the 89th minute, but somehow miraculously came back to win, 2-1. Bayern Leverkusen beat Zenit, 2-0, but won’t being playing Wendell in their next match due to his red card in the 79th minute. Dortmund won for the third time in a row, beating Galatasaray, 4-0. Ronaldo netted his third goal of the 2014-15 Champions League in Real Madrid’s 3-0 whopping of Liverpool. Ludogorets were victorious against FC Basel, scoring in extra time (to win 1-0). Pajtim Kasami lead Olympiakos to a 1-0 win over the Italian giants, Juventus. I hope you enjoyed week 3 of the UEFA Champions League and make sure you check back for more exciting posts this weekend!

UEFA Champions League, Week 3, Part 1

Here is a brief recap of this Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League action. Manchester City tied even though they were 2-0 up on CSKA Moscow at half-time. Although, the penalty that tied the game in the 86th minute was debatable.Bayern Munich absolutely obliterated Roma, 7-1! Edison Cavani won the game for PSG against underdogs, Apoel, three minutes before full time to keep them on the top of Group F. Another blowout, Shakhtar Donetsk crushed BATE Borisov, 7-0, with Luiz Adriano scoring five (he’s the second player to ever score five goals in a Champions League match, the other is Messi). Barcelona beat Ajax comfortably, 3-1. Chelsea dominated in their match, netting six goals past a helpless NK Maribor. Athletic Bilbao lost again, this time to FC Porto, 2-1, and are still winless in their Champions League campaign. Scalke 04 barely beat Sporting Lisbon (4-3) with a penalty in extra time. That’s all for today, but there will be more UCL (UEFA Champions League) action tomorrow.

English Premier League, Match Day 8

Another great week of Premier League action gone. Here is a brief recap if you missed it. Sergio Aguero scored four goals against Tottenham, which tied him for the top goalscorer in the EPL and gave Manchester City a 4-1 win. Arsenal were shocked when Hull City went 2-1 up on them in the 46th minute and were just able to salvage a point from Alexis Sanchez’s goal in extra time. The Hammers (West Ham) hammered Burnley, 3-1, putting them in the top four and keeping Burnley from a first win of the season. Chelsea were 2-0 (one of those was Cesc Fabregas’ first goal of the season) up on Crystal Palace until the 89th minute when Fraizer Campbell grabbed one back for Palace, but it didn’t make much of a difference and The Blues went marching on (by the way, I forgot to mention that both teams were playing with ten men beyond the 43rd minute). Everton thrashed Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side, 3-0. Gabriel Obertan gave Newcastle United three points against Leicester scoring the only goal of the match in the 71st minute. High flying Southampton absolutely obliterated Sunderland, 8-0, and two were own goals. Liverpool played very poorly against QPR and were lucky to get the win. QPR could’ve done better too though. They scored two own goals and one came in the  5th minute of extra time to hand the 3-2 (the goals came in the 67th, 87th, 90th, 2nd minute of extra time, and the 5th minute of extra time) win to The Reds (Liverpool). They also hit the crossbar twice and should have scored multiple times. Stoke City and Swansea City both scored from the spot and the game was tied at one. Then in the 76th minute Jonathan Walters broke the deadlock to give Stoke the win. Manchester United fought back from 2-1 down against West Brom to salvage a point (the first goal for Manchester United was a cracker from Marouane Fellaini and it was his first goal of the season). That’s all for Match Day 8 and make sure you watch for my next post, UEFA Champions League, Week 3, Part 1.

P.S. Sorry about the lack of posts lately. It has been an international break and none of the games were worth writing about.

English Premier League, Match Day 7

Here is a brief recap of this past weeks English Premier League matches. Hull City dominated against Crystal Palace. After they went up, 1-0, in the 60th minute they then sealed the win in the 88th minute. Burnley were down, 2-1, at halftime, but they didn’t stop believing and Ross Wallace scored a free kick in the sixth minute of extra time to tie the match. An in-form West Brom were looking to take down a struggling Liverpool side. Liverpool had other plans though and they won, 2-1. Although Stoke City had more shots Sunderland crushed them, 3-1. Papiss Demba Cisse netted twice against Swansea giving Newcastle a much needed point (they tied, 2-2). Manchester City scored two late goals (the goalscorers were Yaya Touré and Sergio Agüero) to earn a vital three points against Aston Villa. Manchester United were able to hold on to a 2-1 lead to beat Everton due to some brilliant goalkeeping from David De Gea. Chelsea continued their winning streak against Arsenal with a comfortable 2-0 win. Christian Eriksen lead Tottenham to a 1-0 win against The Saints (Southampton). QPR lost to West Ham, 2-0, and are still in last place. That’s all for Match Day 7 and make sure to check back next weekend so you can keep up with the action!

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